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    Judi Lynn
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    Bruce Schreiner and Dylan Lovan, Associated Press
    Updated 1:04 pm CST, Friday, December 13, 2019

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Outrage over a spree of pardons by former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spread to the state capitol Friday as two lawmakers asked the incoming attorney general to investigate the orders, including one for a convicted killer whose family contributed to the governor.

    Bevin, who lost to Democrat Andy Beshear last month in a close race, has issued more than 400 pardons since the Nov. 5 election, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office.

    The fallout from Bevin’s pardon-granting binge widened as two Democratic lawmakers called on Attorney General-elect Daniel Cameron to appoint a special prosecutor or a bipartisan team to investigate some of the ex-governor’s pardons. Cameron takes office next week.

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    The two lawmakers said special attention should be given to the pardon issued to Patrick Brian Baker, who was convicted of reckless homicide and other crimes in a fatal 2014 home break-in in Knox County. Prosecutors say Baker and another man posed as police to gain entry to Donald Mills’ home and Mills was shot in front of his wife. She tried to drive him to the hospital but he died on arrival.

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    Kentucky: outgoing governor pardons killer whose brother hosted fundraiser
    Pardons of violent offenders, including a child rapist and a man who beheaded a female victim, provoke widespread backlash

    Josh Wood in Louisville, Kentucky
    Fri 13 Dec 2019 15.40 EST

    Days after leaving office, the former Kentucky governor Matt Bevin is facing widespread backlash and calls for an investigation following a number of controversial pardons of violent offenders on his way out the door.

    Pardons are traditional at the end of a governor’s term – and most of the Republican’s more than 400 pardons were for drug offenses. But a number of the pardons were for particularly violent crimes, like a woman who gave birth in a flea market porta-potty and dumped her newborn into the toilet’s septic tank; a man who hired a hitman to murder his business partner in front of his family; a man convicted of beheading a woman and stuffing her body in a 55-gallon drum; a man convicted last year of raping a nine-year-old child; and a man convicted in a home invasion homicide whose brother hosted a fundraiser for the governor last year.

    In that last case, Patrick Baker was pardoned just two years into his 19-year sentence for an incident in which he and several others impersonated law enforcement officers to gain entry to a home before shooting and killing a man inside. Two others imprisoned for the crime were not pardoned, despite prosecutors saying that Baker was the one who pulled the trigger.

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    Bevin’s conclusion is starkly at odds with the judge who sentenced Baker, David Williams, who according to the Louisville Courier-Journal said: “I’ve never seen a more compelling or complete case … the evidence was just overwhelming.”

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    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/13/kentucky-matt-bevin-pardons-violent-offenders

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    Think of all the jobs created by these convicted murders including employees of the police force, the lawyers, and doctors, and nurses. Putting these 400 felons back on the street will make Kentucky’s employment rate go down, and make Trump look so much better.

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    Former Kentucky Gov. Bevin offers a truly disgusting defense for pardoning a child rapist

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/12/20/1906970/-Former-Kentucky-Gov-Bevin-offers-a-truly-disgusting-defense-for-pardoning-a-child-rapist

    Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin defended his pardon of a child rapist on Thursday, and it went about as well as you’d expect of a defense of letting a child rapist escape justice. Bevin’s explanation was especially gross: The 9-year-old girl’s hymen was intact.

    Let’s stop for a minute and propose the rule that if you’re a politician and you say the word “hymen,” you’re being a monster. Unless of course what you’re saying is, “Rape is not proved by hymen penetration,” which in this case had to be said by someone criticizing Bevin—a child abuse expert and former Kentucky chief medical examiner. Or, “The state of your hymen has nothing to do with sexual activity,” as Teen Vogue explained last summer. That’s a thing a politician could say under certain circumstances and not be a monster.

    Saying that a 9-year-old’s hymen was intact and that therefore she was not raped and the man convicted of raping her (Micah Schoettle, for the record) deserved a pardon? Monster.

    Kenton County, Kentucky, Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders said Bevin “didn’t review my file. He didn’t review Erlanger Police Department’s file. He never talked to the victim or her mother. So it really makes you wonder—what was he basing his decision off of.” The victim’s mother has said, “We just got to the point where we felt safe leaving the house and not looking over our shoulders” before the news of the pardon came. She has another reasonable concern, too: “Now that he got away with it, who’s to say what he’s going to do to another child?”

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